How To Create A Vision For Your Life: Part 1

When the new year approaches, I always hear about vision board parties or creating a vision board. The purpose of a vision board is to think about where you would like to be in a year and find images that match. I love the concept of a vision board as a creative outlet. But the truth is creating a true vision for your future takes far more detail, thought and guidance. 

I discovered many blank areas in the canvas of my mind when I really sat down to write the vision I had for my life. I was challenged to examine the things that truly make me happy and how I really see my future. It took a lot of research, prayer and asking the right questions to come up with a template for the 5-year vision.

Why is a vision so important to your life? 

The vision you have for your life helps you dictate your daily habits and decisions. It gives you a framework to keep you on track in this world that can often pull you and distract you.  It gives you a chance to examine the opportunities in your life and ask, “does this really match where I’m headed?”. 

I want to share my 5-year vision outline to help you fill in the gaps in your vision, maybe think about things you haven’t, and ultimately sit down and write the vision you have for your life. 

This is a journey

There are a couple of things I want you to keep in mind before you embark on this journey. A vision is not a goal. A vision sees no boundaries, it looks past limitations. You don’t have to know how you’re going to get there, just that you want to get there. This is a mental process, take your time, work on it,  update it, and keep improving it. You got this!

Exercise 1: Ask Yourselves The “right” Questions

This is not an ego check. Don’t overcomplicate it. Take out a notebook, open a blank Google Doc, or whatever works for you. Then simply answer all the questions with the first things you think of. You might repeat stuff, you might not love the answers and that’s ok, keep going. This is just a guide, dig deep and keep asking. 

  • What are your greatest strengths? 
  • What are some of your weaknesses? 
  • What are three qualities that make you unique?
  • What defines who you are?
  • What are you good at?
  • What is your skill set? 
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What are your pet peeves? 
  • What do you dislike?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What hobbies would you like to get into?
  • What value do you add?
  • What are you really good at doing?
  • What kind of impact do you want to have?
  • What is your definition of freedom?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What problems in the world would you like to solve?
  • What type of person do you want to grow old with?
  • What type of friends do you want to be around?

After you have answered these questions as open and honest as you can, circle back to your answers while writing down your vision. 

In my next post “How To Write A Vision For Your Life: Part 2”. I’m going to share with you a free Visionary Framework Template to download. 

By creating the framework, I did a lot of research on visionaries, purpose and planning. These all played a part in creating the main pillars or the vision template.I want to help you take your desires, skills and passions and write them into your vision.